General Nikolay
Davydenko
Male
Russia
1981-06-02
Severodonezk, USSR


About

ikolay Vladimirovich Davydenko is a retired Russian tennis player.
He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 3 in November 2006. Davydenko's best result in a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the semi-finals, which he accomplished on four occasions: twice each at the French Open and the U.S. Open, losing to Roger Federer in all but one of them.
His biggest achievement was winning the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals, and he also won three ATP Masters Series.

Davydenko was granted Russian citizenship in 1999 at the age of 18, and after that represented Russia. In 2007, he applied for Austrian citizenship (so as to obtain dual citizenship) and had also previously applied for German citizenship.He and his wife, Irina, have one child, a daughter named Ekaterina.

Davydenko employs an offensive baseline game, using deep and penetrating groundstrokes on both wings. His groundstrokes are technically efficient on both forehand and backhand. His tremendous foot speed and anticipation enables him to hit the ball early which catches opponents out of position and allows him to dictate the play, somewhat similar to former world no. 1 Andre Agassi. Davydenko's best shot is his backhand which he can hit down the line, cross court or with extreme angles. He is known for his running shots which he takes early and often turn into winners. His serve is technically correct and very consistent, even though it lacks the fire-power to become a serious weapon. Davydenko's style should make him a good player on any surface, however he has been most successful on hard and clay courts, as he is yet to make a significant breakthrough on grass.

Davydenko's main weaknesses are his volleys, and his occasional inability to close out matches. His volleys are not as consistent as his groundstrokes, though he does have one of the best swinging volleys on tour. Many tennis analysts have also criticised Davydenko for lacking variation in his game due to the fact that he mainly plays from the baseline with his consistent groundstrokes. In recent years, he has varied his game by employing the slice and moving into the net more often. Davydenko's difficulty closing matches has lost him numerous important matches after holding the lead.
This was evident during the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup against James Blake and Rafael Nadal where he won the first set and had the lead in the second but lost. Against Roger Federer he blew a lead at the 2006 and 2010 Australian Opens as well as at the 2007 French Open. In the 2006 Australian Open, he had three set points in the third to go up 2 sets to 1, but lost the set and eventually the match.

The ATP launched a match fixing investigation of Davydenko's match against Martín Vassallo Argüello in Sopot of 2 August 2007, after several large bets were placed at an online British gambling company, Betfair, in Argüello's favour after Davydenko had won the first set 6–2.
Davydenko withdrew from the match during the third set with a foot injury. Although Davydenko had suffered three first-round defeats in his last three tournaments, was injured in an earlier-round match, and showed signs of injury in the second set, it did not make sense to Betfair that such a heavy betting volume would go in Argüello's direction at that point of time in the match. Per its agreement with the ATP, Betfair notified the Tour. It has since been revealed that nine people based in Russia had bet US$1.5M on Davydenko losing while two unknown people would gain US$6M from the loss. A total of $7M was wagered on the match, ten times the usual amount.
Due to these irregularities, all bets were voided. On September 11, 2008, Davydenko, along with Arguello, were cleared of any involvement in match-fixing. The inquiry, which lasted over a year, was the longest ever held into match-fixing in tennis.

Further controversy also surrounded Davydenko after one of his matches at St. Petersburg Open in October 2007. During his 1–6, 7–5, 6–1 defeat by Marin Čilić, he was given a code violation by umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq for not giving his best effort. He was later fined $2000 (£987) by the ATP, but the fine was rescinded upon appeal.
The following week, he lost 6–2, 6–2 to Marcos Baghdatis at the Paris Masters. This generated some controversy, as Davydenko was cautioned by the umpire to do his best during the match.



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Archive statistics 2005 - 2014
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237
119


Tournament wins 2011 - Bavarian International Championships (ATP World Tour 250 series)
2009 - ATP World Tour Finals (ATP)
2008 - Miami Open (ATP)
2006 - Paris Masters (ATP)


Tournaments Australian Open - 2014 Roland Garros - 2014 Conde de Godo - 2014 Montpellier - 2014 Bavarian International Championships - 2014 Qatar Open - 2014 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 2014 Open 13 - 2014 Dubai - 2014 Indian Wells - 2014 Miami Open - 2014 Stuttgart - 2014 Australian Open - 2013 Monte Carlo - 2013 Roland Garros - 2013 US Open - 2013 Canadian International Championships - 2013 Cincinnati - 2013 Italian International Championships - 2013 German International Championships - 2013 Conde de Godo - 2013 China Open - 2013 Montpellier - 2013 Bavarian International Championships - 2013 Qatar Open - 2013 Düsseldorf International Tournament - 2013 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 2013 Open 13 - 2013 Dubai - 2013 Indian Wells - 2013 Miami Open - 2013 Madrid Open - 2013 Kuala Lumpur - 2013 Washington Open - 2013 Australian Open - 2012 Wimbledon - 2012 Roland Garros - 2012 US Open - 2012 Olympics, Olympic Games - 2012 Cincinnati - 2012 Italian International Championships - 2012 German International Championships - 2012 China Open - 2012 Kremlin Cup - 2012 Montpellier - 2012 Swiss International Covered Courts - 2012 Bavarian International Championships - 2012 Qatar Open - 2012 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 2012 Open 13 - 2012 Dubai - 2012 Indian Wells - 2012 Miami Open - 2012 Madrid Open - 2012 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur - 2012 Stuttgart - 2012 Winston Salem - 2012 Metz - 2012 Kuala Lumpur - 2012 Australian Open - 2011 Wimbledon - 2011 Monte Carlo - 2011 Roland Garros - 2011 US Open - 2011 Canadian International Championships - 2011 Cincinnati - 2011 Italian International Championships - 2011 German International Championships - 2011 Conde de Godo - 2011 Kremlin Cup - 2011 Austria Open - 2011 Valencia Open - 2011 Paris Masters - 2011 Bavarian International Championships - 2011 Qatar Open - 2011 ABN AMRO Rotterdam - 2011 Open 13 - 2011 Dubai - 2011 Indian Wells - 2011 Miami Open - 2011 Madrid Open - 2011 Stuttgart - 2011 Winston Salem - 2011 Kuala Lumpur - 2011 Washington Open - 2011 Australian Open - 2010 Wimbledon - 2010 US Open - 2010 Malaysian Open - 2010 China Open - 2010 Shanghai - 2010 Kremlin Cup - 2010 Montpellier - 2010 Valencia Open - 2010 Roland Garros - 2009 US Open - 2009 Canadian International Championships - 2009 ATP World Tour Finals - 2009 Australian Open - 2008 US Open - 2008 ATP World Tour Finals - 2008 Miami Open - 2008 Masters cup - 2008 Australian Open - 2007 Wimbledon - 2007 Roland Garros - 2007 US Open - 2007 Canadian International Championships - 2007 Masters cup - 2007 Australian Open - 2006 Roland Garros - 2006 US Open - 2006 Paris Masters - 2006 Masters cup - 2006 Australian Open - 2005 Roland Garros - 2005 Paris Masters - 2005 Masters cup - 2005

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